Acer MID patent discovered

Acer_mid_patent David Gonzales from Electronic Pulp wrote in to share a patent he found in the USPTO database revealing an "ornamental design for a mobile internet device" from Acer. The patent, filed in December 2007, includes a handful of sketches showing the slim-looking slate from various angles.

Other than the absence of hardware controls on the thick/wide bezel, which suggests that the device will be touch-based, the drawings don't give away much else in terms of specifications or features. Some of the button/ports on the top and bottom of the unit could be interpreted in other ways, but what I see are a volume rocker, headphone jack, covered USB port, slider switch (either wireless on/off or power/hold), stereo speakers, some other button whose function I can't guess, and a proprietary connector. Frankly, this looks more like a WiFi-enabled PMP, which many consider to be MIDs in the non-Intel sense, to me.

What do you think?

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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